June 13, 2016, 12:36 pm
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that the Milwaukee Bucks and Jason Kidd are finalizing a three-year extension worth over $15 million.
The Bucks have decided on Kidd as the coach of the foreseeable future with this big money extension. Team ownership talked about extending Kidd’s contract even after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign and have followed through on their vote of confidence.
The Bucks acquired Kidd’s coaching rights from Brooklyn for two second round draft picks after Kidd guided the Nets to a first round victory in his first year at the helm. His first season with the Bucks also went well, as the team surprised many and made the playoffs with a 41-41 record. Last season the Bucks finished 33-49, a major step back for a team with lots of promising talent.
Though Kidd has wanted control over personnel decisions in both Brooklyn and Milwaukee, it seems like this extension ensures his short term future is strictly in coaching.
As with any coach, Kidd brings some good and bad to the table. He’s apt to change rotations and roles at any moment, meaning his entire rotation is in flux while he figures out the look he likes. Even then, everything is subject to change- just ask sixth man Greg Monroe. On the plus side, Kidd has made the playoffs in two of his three seasons, once as a surprise entrant with a young roster. Kidd seems willing to try some unorthodox looks, though he’s helped out in Milwaukee by the otherworldly abilities of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Point Giannis experiment should be tons of fun, and for the Greek Freak there are few people on the planet better equipped to help him grasp the intricacies of the point guard position than Jason Kidd.
It’s a worthwhile extension for Milwaukee. They’re hoping to move a competitive roster into their new arena and that will always be aided by coaching stability. Beyond that, Kidd does have a pretty successful track record as a coach, even though the sample is fairly small.